Boost for Africa’s smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable agricultural technologies as USAID announces $ 50 million Africa RISING Phase 2

Matilda Msangila, a farmer in Mahutanga Village, Kilombero District Tanzania harvests salt tolerant rice variety from her paddy field (Photo credit: Gloriana Ndibalema/IITA) The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security in Washington DC has announced funding for a second 5-year phase of the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next …

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Establishing payments interoperability: coordination is key

Efficient, accessible and safe retail payment systems and services are necessary to extend access to transaction accounts to the 2 billion people worldwide who are still unserved by regulated financial service providers. Having interoperable payment services addresses several important challenges regarding financial access and broader financial inclusion. This is because interoperability enables people to make …

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Africa RISING partnerships increase scaling out of agricultural technologies in Ethiopia

This post presents a synthesis of outcomes from the fourth (final) round of innovation platform meetings in Africa RISING project sites in Ethiopia, which took place in June-July 2016. A farmer in Sinana demonstrating action research on wheat during a farmers field day (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu). The Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands has been conducting …

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Intensification of smallholder livestock production through utilization of crop residues for livestock feed in Tanzania

With expansion of arable land and resultant decline in grazing resources, crop residues are becoming an increasingly important component of livestock feeds and a key livelihood resource in mixed crop-livestock production systems. This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, explains findings from studies which characterized the use of crop residues for livestock feed as an option for enhancing …

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Characterization of local chicken production and management systems in Babati, Tanzania

Most rural households in Tanzania like in other African countries, keep local chickens as a primary source of protein and income. Chicken are also regarded as one of the strategies for poverty alleviation among poor smallholders. Most chicken in Africa are kept in free range systems where they mostly scavenge on available food sources that are supplemented with whole grains or kitchen leftovers. As a …

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Climate change intensifies night-time storms over Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria in East Africa will become a hotspot for hazardous thunderstorms due to climate change. This is shown by an international study published in Nature Communications on the 23rd of September. Stef Lhermitte (TU Delft / Delft University of Technology) analysed the differences between storms during the day (which occur mainly over land) and …

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